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While Germany, which is largely dependent on Russia in natural gas purchases, was racing against time to reduce this dependence, a statement came from Klaus Müller, the President of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which regulates the country’s energy market.
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While the Energy Crisis, which started with the war, maintains its place in Europe’s main agenda, he speaks the words of Klaus Müller, President of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which regulates the energy market in Germany, which is largely dependent on Russia in natural gas purchases.
Müller’s statement that the energy crisis is not over, created a shock effect in the country.
Müller warned that Germany should further reduce gas use by companies and households to avoid an energy crisis next winter.
The head of the Bundesnetzagentur underlined that the extent of the crisis depends on whether the coming winter will be colder than the previous one.
Speaking to the Financial Times (FT), Müller pointed out that the winter of 2023-24 will be Germany’s first winter without gas supplied from Russian pipelines, and made the following assessment;
‘Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply is not expected to increase significantly this year or next year.’
Müller’s comments confirm the words of Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, who warned last month that Europe has not yet won its energy war with Russia despite the huge drop in gas prices.
“It’s risky to be overconfident for the coming winter,” Birol told the FT.
Birol added that Europe cannot afford to lose focus on renewable energy development.
Although the European Union (EU), which has serious concerns about energy security, tries to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, it has serious difficulties in meeting the demand.
Russia, on the other hand, decreased its natural gas exports by 80 percent compared to before the war, against the steps taken by the EU after Putin’s warnings.
According to the FT, Germany has been one of the biggest losers in the turmoil in European energy markets caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Before the invasion, 55 percent of Germany’s gas came from Russia.
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